Chief Whip 'ashamed and embarrassed' by cuts to domestic abuse services

Chief Whip 'ashamed and embarrassed' by cuts to domestic abuse services
Regina Doherty

The Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty has said she is ashamed by the funding cuts Fine Gael made to domestic abuse services.

She said: "I can’t explain that. I'm ashamed and embarrassed by it."

Her comments come as new data shows nine in 10 women killed in Ireland were murdered by a male partner or a man they knew.

A totla of 209 women have been killed violently since 1996, with 16 children dying alongside their mothers in that time frame.

Figures show 54% of women killed violently over the past 20 years were murdered by a partner or an ex. A further 33% were killed by someone they knew.

Director of Women's Aid Margaret Martin says the men involved are not always the 'type' you would suspect.

She said: "These are respectable men, very often, well respected in their community. That can be a trigger of deep fear (for women)."

Meanwhile, director of the National Domestic Violence Intervention Agency Don Hennessy said there needed to be a more critical view of abusive men.

"Nobody is diagnosing or analysing the man, and until such time as we look at the tumour, we can’t cure the cancer."

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